|Quick Facts: Food Processing Equipment Workers|
$35,430 per year
$17.03 per hour
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|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|5% (Slower than average)|
Food processing equipment workers operate machinery that mixes, cooks, or processes ingredients for manufacturing food products.
Most food processing equipment workers are employed in manufacturing facilities. Because of production schedules, shift work is common and may include early mornings, evenings, or nights. Most food processing equipment workers are employed full time.
Education requirements vary for food processing equipment workers. Some typically need no formal education credential; however, others typically need a high school diploma or equivalent.
The median annual wage for food and tobacco processing workers was $35,430 in May 2021.
Overall employment of food processing equipment workers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations.
Despite limited employment growth, about 32,600 openings for food processing equipment workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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